‘Just a month back, living in the house left to me by my mother, I’ve been buoyed by what I’ve encountered so far.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Coming back to Ireland after 30 years in London filled me with dread. The return is due to a mix of the loss of a 20-year love, my mother’s death here(...)

Dolores O’Riordan (pictured performing in New Jersey in 1996) died in London on January 15th at the age of 46. Photograph: Ozier Muhammad/The New York Times

“If you, if you could return Don’t let it burn Don’t let it fade…” For many Irish now in their 30s and 40s, The Cranberries’ Linger was the trac(...)

Time Lords: William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant and Matt Smith as the Doctor. Montage: BBC

I’ve had a 40-year fondness for Doctor Who. The BBC series was my land of make-believe: an escape from an ordinary 1970s north Dublin suburban childho(...)